NHRA : LE Tonglet Takes Pro Stock Motorcycle Win at Gateway

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series
AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
Gateway Motorsports Park
Sep 29 – Oct 01, 2017 

LE Tonglet Takes Pro Stock Motorcycle Win

Tonglet rode to the Pro Stock Motorcycle victory with a 6.792 at 197.91 on his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki to better No. 1 qualifier Andrew Hines on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson in the finals. He earned his sixth Wally of the season and 16th of his career.

“You’ve just got to stay calm and go rounds,” Tonglet said. “This is make or break for us. We felt that if we lost this race that our Championship hunt was over. We just haven’t been qualifying that great, but Tim (Kulungian, crew chief) figures it out by Sunday and it just hauls butt and we’re able to get round wins.”

Tonglet qualified seventh before taking down Joey Gladstone, Eddie Krawiec, and Matt Smith en route to the finals. Hines bested Andrew Rawlings, Kate Stoffer and Scotty Pollacheck as he finished as the runner-up for only his third final round appearance of the season.

ROUND 1

The top riders in the points standings advanced to round two with one notable exception. Hector Arana Jr. lost a close 6.846 to 6.848 battle against Angie Smith’s Denso Spark Plugs Buell, severely crippling his championship hopes.

Points leader Eddie Kraweic had the quickest bike with a 6.783, 196.53 in his win against David Hope and teammate Andrew Hines moved on with a win over Andie Rawlings. Contenders Jerry Savoie, LE Tonglet, Scotty Pollacheck and Matt Smith each moved on to the quarterfinals.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN Jerry Savoie .077 1.053 2.838 4.357 161.57 5.680 6.817 196.39
Marc Ingwersen .073 1.105 2.971 4.529 157.23 5.893 7.067 190.73

12:29 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 32 percent, barometer 29.66 inches, adjusted altitude 2,142 feet, track temperature 100 degrees. Jerry Savoie won here in 2014 & 2016. This is the first race for Marc Ingwersen in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Ingwersen gets the advantage off the line but it sounded like his engine bogged a little. Savoie went around him quickly and pulled away to take the win and equal his quickest pass of the weekend.

WIN Karen Stoffer .039 1.058 2.839 4.357 161.17 5.690 6.840 194.13
Hector Arana Jr .065 1.056 2.848 4.373 160.63 5.703 6.848 195.45

Hector Arana Jr. was the 2015 winner here. This is the 200th start for Karen Stoffer. Arana Jr is 8 – 0 against Stoffer in prior events. Stoffer gets out of the gate first and starts to pull away. Arana starts making up ground at half track but quickly ran out of race track. Karen Stoffer’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.024), 330 ft(0.035), 660ft(0.042), 1,000ft(0.039). MOV: 0.0345 seconds (approximately 10 feet).

WIN Angie Smith .105 1.062 2.839 4.357 160.58 5.691 6.846 193.99
Mike Berry .045 1.067 2.872 4.412 158.26 5.765 6.928 192.30

This number six qualifying position equals the best start for Angie Smith this year. This is the 231st race for Mike Berry. Smith is 2 – 0 against Berry in prior events. Berry gets a big holeshot, stays in front to half track, then Smith goes around him and pulls away for the win. Angie Smith’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.055), 330 ft(-0.027), 660ft(-0.005), 1,000ft(0.014). MOV: 0.0227 seconds (approximately 6 feet).

WIN LE Tonglet .029 1.056 2.843 4.362 161.27 5.690 6.829 196.19
Joey Gladstone .024 1.058 2.847 4.378 159.48 5.720 6.878 193.35

Tonglet is 2 – 1 against Gladstone in prior events. Gladstone gets the advantage off the line but it wasn’t enough. Tonglet reels him in at the sixty foot mark and pulls away for the win with his quickest pass of the weekend. LE Tonglet’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.003), 330 ft(-0.001), 660ft(0.011), 1,000ft(0.025). MOV: 0.0449 seconds (approximately 13 feet).

WIN Andrew Hines .046 1.145 2.975 4.500 160.67 5.825 6.960 197.42
Andie Rawlings .125 1.189 3.218 4.935 139.18 6.585 8.261 125.83

Andrew Hines has been runner-up at this race twice, in 2012 & 2014. Andrew hadn’t qualified #1 in the first 18 races of the year and has now been the top qualifier at two of the last three events. This is his 40th career number one. In 5 years of this race the #1 qualifier has yet to win the race. Andie Rawlings is the 64th different rider to race Andrew Hines in eliminations. Hines gets a big holeshot and starts to pull away. Rawling has problems late in the run and was out of power early.

WIN Matt Smith .094 1.077 2.860 4.370 161.81 5.693 6.834 196.42
Steve Johnson .062 1.076 2.886 4.415 159.89 5.756 6.907 194.46

Smith is 12 – 11 against Johnson in prior events. Smith won this race in 2013. Johnson gets out of the gate first, stays in front to the 330 foot mark, then Smith goes around him and pulls away for the win. Johnson makes his quickest pass of the weekend in the loss.

WIN Eddie Krawiec .062 1.070 2.827 4.327 162.57 5.647 6.783 196.53
David Hope .034 1.085 2.946 4.520 155.81 5.896 7.082 188.38

Eddie Krawiec won this race in 2012. Eddie starts the day with 354 round wins and that ties him with Dave Schultz for 3rd place on the all-time Pro Stock motorcycle list. Eddie won his rounds in 183 races while Dave won his in 157 races. This is the third time in his last 12 races that David Hope has qualified and at each of the previous two races he lost to Eddie in round one. Krawiec is 7 – 1 against Hope in prior events. Hope gets the advantage off the line but needed more than he got. Krawiec goes around him quickly and equals his quickest pass of the weekend to take the win. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.013), 330 ft(0.091), 660ft(0.165), 1,000ft(0.221). MOV: 0.2712 seconds (approximately 75 feet).

WIN Scott Pollacheck .094 1.052 2.838 4.359 160.59 5.695 6.846 194.58
Ryan Oehler .039 1.081 2.905 4.456 157.82 5.814 6.985 190.75

This is the third race and the first start for Ryan Oehler. Oehler gets a big holeshot, stays in front for about 300 feet, then Pollacheck powers around him and pulls away for the win. Scotty Pollacheck’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.026), 330 ft(0.012), 660ft(0.042), 1,000ft(0.064). MOV: 0.0847 seconds (approximately 24 feet). In the next round it will be Stoffer with lane choice over Hines, Savoie vs. Pollacheck, Krawiec vs. Tonglet, and Matt Smith with lane choice over Angie Smith.

 

ROUND 2

The battle for the Pro Stock Motorcycle championship remains a multi-way battle after LE Tonglet took out points leader Eddie Krawiec, 6.825 to 6.831.

Tonglet’s Nitro Fish Suzuki will be joined in the semifinals by Andrew Hines, who stopped Karen Stoffer, Scotty Pollacheck, who stopped reigning champ Jerry Savoie, and Matt Hines, who stopped his wife, Angie.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN Scott Pollacheck .043 1.058 2.842 4.361 161.42 5.685 6.821 196.64
Jerry Savoie .077 1.047 2.835 4.360 160.77 5.688 6.826 196.62

1:39 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 35 percent, barometer 29.64 inches, adjusted altitude 2,154 feet, track temperature 102 degrees. Savoie is 10 – 3 against Pollacheck in prior events. Pollacheck gets out of the gate first, starts to pull away, then extends his lead all the way through the run. Scotty Pollacheck’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.023), 330 ft(0.027), 660ft(0.033), 1,000ft(0.037). MOV: 0.0395 seconds (approximately 11 feet).

WIN Andrew Hines .021 1.061 2.831 4.347 161.50 5.673 6.809 196.99
Karen Stoffer .035 1.058 2.847 4.370 161.02 5.700 6.845 195.28

Hines is 21 – 8 against Stoffer in prior events. Hines gets out of the gate first, Stoffer makes up a little ground early, then Hines starts pulling away again and takes the win. Andrew Hines’ incremental margins: 60ft(0.011), 330 ft(0.030), 660ft(0.037), 1,000ft(0.041). MOV: 0.0500 seconds (approximately 14 feet). Hines will have lane choice over Pollacheck in the next round.

WIN Matt Smith .040 1.067 2.853 4.370 161.19 5.695 6.829 197.83
Angie Smith .107 1.074 2.915 4.486 156.94 5.851 7.168 160.79

M. Smith is 9 – 3 against A. Smith in prior events. Matt gets the advantage off the line and extends his lead all the way through the run to take the win.

WIN LE Tonglet .001 1.050 2.835 4.356 160.79 5.686 6.825 196.53
Eddie Krawiec .028 1.079 2.847 4.362 160.33 5.693 6.831 196.59

Tonglet gets an almost perfect light, Krawiec starts reeling him in quickly but runs out of racetrack. Tonglet will have lane choice over Matt Smith in the next round. LE Tonglet’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.056), 330 ft(0.039), 660ft(0.033), 1,000ft(0.034). MOV: 0.0338 seconds (approximately 10 feet).

 

ROUND 3

Former champions LE Tonglet and Andrew Hines will race for the Wally in Pro Stock Motorcycle and both riders are still very much alive in the battle for the world championship.

Tonglet reached his second final round in the Countdown when he powered to a 6.811, 196.85 against Matt Smith’s 6.850, 196.33. Hines grabbed a slight lead on the starting line against Scotty Pollacheck and held on for a holeshot win, 6.841 to 6.823.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN LE Tonglet .055 1.054 2.832 4.348 161.42 5.673 6.811 196.85
Matt Smith .037 1.059 2.854 4.383 160.42 5.711 6.850 196.33

2:40 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 39 percent, barometer 29.59 inches, adjusted altitude 2,163 feet, track temperature 111 degrees. Smith gets out of the gate first and stays in front for about 300 feet. Tonglet goes around him there and pulls away for the win. LE Tonglet’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.013), 330 ft(0.004), 660ft(0.017), 1,000ft(0.020). MOV: 0.0217 seconds (approximately 6 feet).

WIN Andrew Hines .008 1.062 2.844 4.371 160.44 5.701 6.841 196.22
Scott Pollacheck .029 1.053 2.836 4.355 161.17 5.682 6.823 196.50

Hines is 14 – 4 against Pollacheck in prior events. Hines gets out of the gate first, Pollacheck starts reeling him in, but Hines hangs on and takes the holeshot win. Tonglet will have lane choice over Hines in the final round.

 

FINAL ROUND

By a margin of just six-thousandths of a second, LE Tonglet won his sixth national event of the season in Pro Stock Motorcycle. In one of the quickest side-by-side races in the history of the class, Tonglet powered to a 6.792, 197.91 to defeat Hines’ 6.790, 197.94 on a minor holeshot. For Tonglet, who now has 16 wins since 2010, defeated both Harley-Davidson entries to reach the final. He also tallied wins against David Hope and two-time champion Matt Smith.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
WIN LE Tonglet .029 1.047 2.830 4.342 161.88 5.662 6.792 197.91
Andrew Hines .037 1.073 2.838 4.341 162.92 5.658 6.790 197.94

3:36 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 36 percent, barometer 29.57 inches, adjusted altitude 2,097 feet, track temperature 104 degrees. Hines is 0-2 in final rounds this year. He is 47-32 in career finals. Tonglet is 5-2 in final rounds this year and is 15-6 in career finals. Tonglet is 13 – 12 against Hines in prior events and Tonglet is 4 – 2 against Hines in prior final rounds. Tonglet gets out of the gate first but Hines starts reeling him in quickly. Hines continues to gain ground but runs out of race track. LE Tonglet’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.034), 330 ft(0.016), 660ft(0.007), 1,000ft(0.004). MOV: 0.0065 seconds (approximately 23 inches). Tonglet takes the win for his sixth win this year. He is now 16 points behind Krawiec in the points.

SATURDAY

Hines also improved upon his Friday qualifying with a 6.781 pass at 196.19 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson during the final qualifying session to secure his second Pro Stock Motorcycle No. 1 of the season and 40th of his career. He’ll matchup with Andie Rawlings in the first round. 

“Our guys have these bikes dialed in right now like they haven’t been all season. I’ve been putting up my best 60-foots of the year this weekend. That just equates to good numbers all the way down the race track,” Hines said. “Tomorrow we’re looking for consistency. We have the street rods under us right now that are the best I’ve had all season long. I’m really excited about tomorrow.” 

Hines’ teammate and points leader Eddie Krawiec landed in the No. 2 spot with his 6.783 run at 195.59 in the final qualifying round. He’ll see David Hope in round one and qualified third is Matt Smith whose opponent will be Steve Johnson.

POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Andrew Hines 6.781 196.19
02 Eddie Krawiec 6.783 195.59
03 Matt Smith 6.792 197.22
04 Scott Pollacheck 6.809 196.42
05 Jerry Savoie 6.817 197.28
06 Angie Smith 6.82 195.56
07 LE Tonglet 6.831 195.62
08 Hector Arana Jr 6.833 195.87
09 Karen Stoffer 6.85 195.22
10 Joey Gladstone 6.88 194.18
11 Mike Berry 6.921 191.32
12 Marc Ingwersen 6.982 189.31
13 Ryan Oehler 6.998 191.05
14 Steve Johnson 7.026 191.51
15 David Hope 7.084 186.25
16 Andie Rawlings 7.657 174.14

FRIDAY

Hines took the lead in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class with a 6.802 at 196.19 in his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson during his first pass on Friday. He is seeking his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and 40th of his career.

“This sets the tone for the last three (races),” Hines said. “We need to come out of here strong and if we can maintain the No. 1 spot and get some more bonus points that would be awesome. We just need to do some damage on Sunday. It’s always good for team morale when you come out of the box and go Q1 to low and hopefully it will stick.”

Current reigning world champion Jerry Savoie currently sits second in his White Alligator Racing Suzuki after a pass of 6.817 at 197.28 and Scott Pollacheck is third in his Extended Protection Suzuki with a run of 6.820 at 195.28.

POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Andrew Hines 6.802 196.19
02 Jerry Savoie 6.817 197.28
03 Scott Pollacheck 6.82 195.28
04 Matt Smith 6.837 194.55
05 LE Tonglet 6.841 194.41
06 Eddie Krawiec 6.846 194.74
07 Karen Stoffer 6.867 192.44
08 Angie Smith 6.869 192.06
09 Hector Arana Jr 6.894 194.13
10 Joey Gladstone 6.921 190.97
11 Mike Berry 6.96 192.03
12 Marc Ingwersen 7.009 188.28
13 Ryan Oehler 7.211 169.42
14 Steve Johnson 7.218 153.56
15 Andie Rawlings 7.657 174.14
16 David Hope 7.845 127.17

 


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